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Refreshed from a road trip | Weekly Snapshot

I'm getting an extremely late start to this post. After the long drive yesterday back home and then a late evening meetup with our neighbors, I was out of juice very fast and needed to crash. And what does Sunday morning mean after a busy week? Tis a day full of chores. Ugh.  Life We spent this past week in Boston with my brother-in-law and his wife. We all got the break we needed - we did some shopping, watched lots of TV, and enjoyed lots of family time. I started writing this post on our drive back but didn't get to schedule in advance. We opted to drive the 13-hour route so although it made for some very long days, it felt good to get out of the house and enjoy a road trip. The weather cooperated all the days in all the places we were in those days so that was a plus.  As always after a long vacation, we have come back to a lot to do. I have so much to catch up with and need to do some of that today as there's just as much to do on the work front from tomorrow.  Renovat

Holocaust Remembrance Day

I quite forgot to mention this in my Sunday Salon post, so I'm writing a separate post.

Today is the Holocaust Remembrance Day, in commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps. Go ahead an read some book about this period. Jennifer G. has compiled a very good list of books in her post today. In addition, if you are a TV show buff, I would recommend Band of Brothers and The Pacific. I plan to catch up with the episodes of The Pacific during this week. Both the TV shows are based on several non-fiction books that extensively chronicle the horrors of the World War 2.

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My Masters work was on the Holocaust (and my dissertation would have been as well, but I realized I loved teaching too much). There are so many good Holocaust memoirs out there!

And, Band of Brothers is wonderful! I haven't seen Pacific yet.
Athira said…
Helen, I second that! There definitely are plenty of books based on that time period! I loved BoB too! :)
Thanks for spreading the word!

I don't watch a lot of tv, so I haven't seen either show. I wonder if I can add them to my Netflix? Off to check.
Athira said…
Jennifer, both shows are available to view on the HBO website, in case netflix doesn't work out. But they are worth watching! Awesome shows!
Anonymous said…
That must be part of the reason why PBS showed The Diary of Anne Frank last night. No matter how many times I read the book, or see a play or film, I weep. It's so heartbreaking that so many people suffered so tragically. I think what's also frightening is that it doesn't seem so impossible that it could happen again in this crazy world. When I was little, I used to think it was just an isolated incident, now I'm not so sure that we couldn't see our government becoming so radical in this day and age. I suspect that's just fear and distrust speaking, when once I believed in whom we voted for.
Athira said…
Bellezza, that is probably why! I haven't watched that movie, but read the book last year and cried a lot... all that tragedy. And I share your sentiment.. there are many times I feel that it can happen again. Even if a full scale war hasn't happened since, we have had revolutions and bloodshed in so many countries (and still happening) that it really breaks me.
Lisa said…
I listened to a radio program today with a holocaust survivor speaking. She had me in tears time and again. I fear that when all of the survivors are gone, the full horror of what happened will begin to dim.
Athira said…
Lisa, that is a thought that has often crossed my mind. Right now, we have so many legacies speaking to us.. years later, there will be none, how then do we keep this memory intact so that it never happens again?